“The European Union is trying to speed up thinking on the issue by demanding that member countries submit by August individual plans on how to deal with [nuclear] waste. … Switzerland has identified two areas, Zurich Northeast and Jurassic East, to be investigated as possible sites.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/19/us-nuclear-waste-idUKKBN0OZ1A020150619)

There is understandable nervousness about using the latter to park nuclear waste.

Nuclaw Waste

“The improper mix in the [nuclear waste] barrel, including the wrong sort of kitty litter used to absorb liquids, sparked a chemical reaction causing it to heat up and generate gases that dislodged its lid, spewing radioactive materials.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/27/us-usa-nuclear-new-mexico-idUKKBN0MN0C920150327)

The ‘right’ sort of kitty litter is commonly used to mop up nuclear waste.


“ONR [Office for Nuclear Regulation] is considering whether to take legal action over AWE’s [Atomic Weapons Establishment’s] failure to make 1,000 drums of hazardous radioactive waste safe. AWE promised in 2007 to repackage and reduce the waste by February 2014, but has not done so.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/02/uk-nuclear-bomb-factories-rapped-by-watchdogs-over-radioactive-waste)

The three environmental Rs: reduce, repackage, radioactive.


“The ongoing problems at Heysham 1 and Hartlepool [nuclear] reactors, taken offline last month, forced Centrica, a 20% owner of the atomic fleet with EDF, to issue a profit warning.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/04/nuclear-power-stations-out-december-edf)

A new definition of fuel poverty.


“The Norway tests [on an Indian thorium-based reactor] at the OECD’s nuclear trials facility in Halden are conducted in a Bond-style underground bunker. … A garage door in a cliff face leads into a tunnel deep into the hill where the reactor hall lies.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24638816)

Thorium in the Hall of the Mountain King sounds more like Star Trek scored by Edvard Grieg to me, but I like it.


“Over the weekend the archbishop of Canterbury … waded into the row over energy prices, warning that the latest wave of hikes looks inexplicable.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/20/nuclear-power-station-hinkley-edf)

Even divine representatives have no explanation for our power generation strategy.


“The species that caused the Oskarshamn [nuclear power plant] shutdown is known as the common moon jellyfish.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/01/jellyfish-clog-swedish-nuclear-reactor-shutdown)

It’s now the ‘less common’ and after going through the nuclear blender is more of a meteor-shower-with-melted-ice-cream-fish.


“Tokyo’s final pitch in the city’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics” will include explanation that “in seven years’ time, 2020, [radiation from Fukushima] will not be a problem at all.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/04/fukushima-radiation-deadly-new-high)

Likely not performance-enhancing anyway.